Foundation Degree in Youth Justice (England and Wales)
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How can we improve the lives of children and young people who are ‘in trouble’? For professionals and volunteers working within a criminal justice framework where the focus is on stopping young people
causing trouble, this is an extremely challenging issue. This foundation degree in youth justice is designed for those employed in all parts of the youth justice system (including the secure estate), volunteers working in the field, and anyone planning to join the youth justice sector in these capacities. The foundation degree course will give you the necessary knowledge and skills for effective practice in youth justice and make a substantial contribution to your professional and personal development. It will also, support you in developing as an autonomous learner.
The Foundation Degree was developed in partnership the Youth Justice Board of England and Wales (YJB) as part of its National Learning and Skills Framework. It includes the Professional Certificate of Effective Practice (PCEP), recognised by the YJB as a core qualification for the youth justice sector. In addition, the Stage 1 credits combine to offer the CertHE in Youth Justice Practice.
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Foundation degrees are nationally recognised qualifications focusing either on a particular job or profession; they combine work place learning with academic study. Designed and developed with external partners, you must be working either as a paid employee or as a volunteer in a related work setting.
A foundation degree is equivalent to two thirds of an honours degree. They aim to enhance the professional and technical skills of staff within a profession or those intending to go into that profession.
You can use a foundation degree to:
change careers or progress your current career gain technical and professional skills gain professional recognition achieve a full honours degree through further study.
Most of our foundation degrees are also offered as diplomas of higher education for those living and working in Scotland.
There is no formal entry requirement to study this foundation degree but for two of the modules you must be working in a professional or voluntary capacity with young people who are within the youth justice system.
If you meet these entry requirements and wish to apply for this qualification please email our
Student Registration & Enquiry Service or call +44(0) 845 300 60 90.
Career relevance and employability
The foundation degree is the result of an exclusive and unique collaboration with the Youth Justice Board for England and Wales. The Board has statutory responsibility for monitoring standards in the youth justice system, with the aim of preventing offending by children and young people. It also has responsibility for advising the government on youth crime issues.
This foundation degree course will:
provide you with the skills, values and understanding needed to be an effective practitioner with children and young people who offend or are at risk of offending
help you progress your professional and personal development
develop work-based experiences enabling you to explore and evaluate your practice
build your understanding of how you learn, and how to continue with learning throughout your career.
On completion, opportunities for continued professional development include the chance to extend your study to an honours degree.
There’s more information about how OU study can improve your employability in the
OU’s Employability Statement from our Careers Advisory Service. You can also read or download our publication and look at our OU study and your career subject pages to find out about career opportunities.
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our entry requirements for this qualification.
Credit for previous study elsewhere
If you have already completed some successful study at higher education level at another institution you may be able to transfer credit for this study and count it towards this qualification. If you wish to apply to transfer credit you must do so as soon as possible, and before you register for this qualification.
If you are awarded credit for study completed elsewhere, you may find that you need to study fewer OU modules to complete this qualification. This may also mean that the next start date and the maximum time limit for this qualification are different to those shown above.
Credit Transfer site for more information and details of how to apply for credit transfer.
The learning outcomes of this qualification are described in four areas:
Knowledge and understanding
Practical and professional skills
Read more detailed information about the learning outcomes, and how they are acquired through teaching, learning and assessment methods.
On successful completion of the required modules, you will be awarded a Foundation Degree in Youth Justice (England and Wales) and will be entitled to use the letters FD (Open) after your name.
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